LOOKING ON THE BRIGHT SIDE
Metco and Petroleum Equipment, the private police departments of the gas station industry, are on the alert and fully functional in Lake Geneva. The Geneva Shore Report investigation into the matter of short quantities of gasoline being delivered to the public has gone viral. Viral in the gas station industry. The gas stations around Lake Geneva are all running for cover, except (so far) the gas station located at Sentry Food Store in Walworth, Wisconsin. That station, mightily overcharging as it is, actually gives more than a gallon of gas for each recorded gallon pumped. The rest of the stations haven’t come off so well in comparison. But that was before the oil police came rushing in.
Like the old Pinkerton Detective Agency of the American West, agents of these two companies have been called in by the gas station owners, similar to the big ranchers and railroad interests that called the Pinkertons in. They’re out sampling the gas of almost every station located around the lake. You better believe, and get ready for, plenty of reports to be carried in other newspapers around the lake (all members of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, just by chance) that all the stations are absolutely one hundred percent accurate when it comes to metering out a gallon of gas for a gallon displayed on their machines. It is also interesting to note that gas filled one-gallon water jugs have been abandoned at the pump areas of many gas stations around the lake. The public is out there doing what the GSR recommended that they not do…testing for itself. As well it should. America’s gasoline industry is about as honest (and filled with integrity) as its cell phone industry, and now its airlines. But it’s not about America or the cultural beliefs of this grand country. It’s about monopoly, and what happens whenever it rears its ugly head and leads to slow economic strangulation.
The looming Hilmoor debacle continues, with the comprehensive plan change coming up on November 30th.
Mr. Ford, the guy who doesn’t have the money to buy the property (he’s using crowd funding, or America’s new form of online begging), will probably drill his own well into the city aquifer if his lake to nowhere is approved.
- What happens when the aquifer dries up and he needs to replenish the lake?
- Has the proximity of the White River been thoroughly checked for risks of pollution and contaminants coming into the White River from Mr. Ford’s ill-conceived lake? In fact, what experts have been consulted to evaluate all the environmental and ecological risks this lake and development pose to Geneva Lake, its watershed, and the White River?
- And what about the sewer water treatment plant constructed with its effluvium flowing into the White River just above the property?
The Lake Hillmoor Development is way too risky for the City of Lake Geneva to even consider, let alone approve. Endangering the City’s aquifer, sewer system, and the White River is totally irresponsible. At the October 19th public hearing, City Planner Mike Slaveny exposed his concern about this “lake concept” and specifically warned the planning commission and city council to vote against the comprehensive plan and map change if they too have “any problem with the concept.” Slaveny compared it to the Basso Development saying once the comprehensive plan change was approved, the planning commission and city council were then forced to approve the zoning despite the very serious misgivings they had about the details of the project.
So what’s the lesson to be learned in attempting to change the City of Lake Geneva Comprehensive Plan?
Once you break the egg, all the king’s horses and all the king’s men can’t put the egg, or the comprehensive plan, back together again.